Awards for Indigenous students

About the awards

The awards for Indigenous students include scholarships and bursaries.

  • Scholarships are awards that recognize academic, community, or athletic achievement. 
  • Bursaries are based on financial need. Student awards based solely on financial need are not indicated on a student's transcript.

You can find a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards in the Academic Calendar.

Read the awards descriptions

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for Indigenous awards:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status
  • You must be an Indigenous student. UBC uses the term "Indigenous" in lieu of "Aboriginal" as held in the spirit of its use in section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, to refer inclusively to members of First Nations, status and non-status, treaty and non-treaty Indians, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, recognizing that many people prefer the terms that are specific and traditional to their communities.
  • You must submit the application for intended Indigenous awards
  • You must provide supporting documentation if required
  • You must be enrolled in a full-time course load studying on the Vancouver campus
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in UBC’s Regulations Governing University Awards
  • You must demonstrate financial need for bursaries. 

If you are eligible for bursaries, submit an application to the UBC Bursary Program by the deadline to be considered for UBC General Bursary at the same time. Application to this program is not required for Indigenous Awards consideration. 

Students that are unclassified and qualifying are not eligible for these awards

Non-UBC post-secondary students

You are not required to apply for the UBC Bursary Program. Instead you will need to prepare the following financial items for your online application:

  • Taxes
  • Income
  • Assets
  • Resources
  • Student loan assessment
  • Official transcript
  • Estimated costs for the upcoming school year

Additional requirements

Some awards have additional requirements, which are listed in the application. You can also read the award descriptions before you start your application.

How to apply

Application period

August 14, 2020 Applications open.
September 16, 2020 Applications close at 11:59 pm PST.

How to apply

You'll find detailed instructions on the application form, but before you start:

  1. Meet all general and specific eligibility requirements for applicable awards.
  2. Make sure to read each award descriptions carefully, as they all require different supporting documentation before you can submit your completed application.
  3. If you are eligible for bursaries, apply for the UBC Bursary Program by the deadline to be considered for the UBC General bursary. Application to this program is not required to be eligible for Indigenous Awards.

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